After reading through a TON of diet books yesterday at Borders, I’ve come to the conclusion that I have enough knowledge to devise my own meal plan. Not that I think I’m a nutritionist or anything (cuz I’m not), but I do know what works for me and what doesn’t.
I’m looking burn some more fat and gain more muscle in the next couple of months, as I have noticed that I’ve gained a little weight since I’ve moved back. (Why do all homecoming celebrations have to be centered around cheesecake!!??) It’s ok, I know, enjoy life Cassey you’re saying! I did. And I made conscious decisions to eat what I did, maybe not the best decisions, but at least I was aware. And you know what, as much as I hate how fatty a REAL cheesecake is (not a cottage cheesecake), I can never hate how happy that bite makes me feel.
So anyway, I’ve been researching like a crazy woman on the best way to “slim down and tone up”. I liked and didn’t like some things in each book, but what resonated with me was the fact that this will have to be “80% diet, 10% workouts, and 10% genetics” according to Tosca Reno, author of The Eat-Clean Diet, healthy chef, and physique competitor.
You all know I can workout like there’s no tomorrow, but I feel like the food is my downfall sometimes. I’m a bottomless pit! When I was doing the 8 Week Bikini Challenge, I monitored my food intake EXTREMELY carefully and I saw results. After the 8 weeks I stopped measuring and eating specific meals and I could tell there was stagnation. Or I guess you could call it maintenance. This time, food scale is coming back out.
I also want to touch on the 10% genetics part. This is true. Some girls just can’t gain weight no matter how much food they eat. Other girls will puff up immediately after a bite of McDonalds. Did you guys know that Jillian Michaels use to be fat in high school?
She says the even today if she strays from healthy eating, she can very easily gain weight. I relate 100%. So, sometimes I get mad that I need to work extra hard to maintain a certain body fat % when some girls are just born with very quick metabolisms. Then again, there are things that I absolutely love about my body that genetics has gifted me with. I love my legs, my hands, my feet, my lips, and my hourglass figure. I don’t have to work very hard to keep those guys in check. But my abs…oh my abs. Those babies are stubborn and will hold onto fat as if I were hibernating through winter.
What do you love and “hate” about your body?
Anyway, this week I will be developing my own diet plan. I’m thinking of sharing it with you all via newsletter so sign up if you haven’t already. Obviously my plan will be plant based but I will add options for meat eaters too. Kind of excited to be taking my diet (and my life) back in my hands. It’s empowering you know?
So as a kickoff for the development of the Blogilates meal plan…I’m going to share with you 10 FAD Diets that you should never ever ever ever try! These diets are boring, starve you, leave you with no energy to workout, and worst off all – they are unsustainable! They are NOT LIFESTYLES!
DO NOT TRY THESE FAD DIETS (wait til you get to #10)
1. The Cabbage Soup Diet: Eat only fruits, veggies, and cabbage soup for 7 days.
2. The Grapefruit Diet: Eat only grapefruit, non-strachy veggies, some meats and fish. Drink unsweetened grapefruit juice, black coffee.
3. The HCG Diet: Eat only 500 cals a day and inject yourself with the human choriogonadotropin (HCG) hormone. Umm. NO!
4. The Sleeping Beauty Diet: Go to sleep for a few days and lose weight. Apparently Elvis was a fan? Shows how much more educated we are now about health and nutrition.
5. The Air Diet: Inspired by the saying “French women don’t get fat”, some have taken this to extremes by “pretending” to eat indulgent foods without actually eating it. This is actually called Anorexia guys.
6. The Five Bite Diet: Only eat FIVE BITES of food at every meal. No breakfast. Drink as much water as you want. What!? I think this is called suffering.
7. Ear Stapling: No not real staples. Acupuncture that suppresses your appetite.
8. The Tapeworm Diet: Ingest a tapeworm and have it live inside you. The tapeworm will eat your food for you. EEWWWW!!!!
9. The Baby Food Diet: Eat baby food all day.
10. The Cotton Ball Diet: Dip a cotton ball in orange juice and eat it. The theory is that cotton balls are high in fiber and not in calories, so this will help curb hunger. Oh please no…
Have you guys ever tried any of these diets? Did they “work”? What diet actually works for you? Let me know as I develop the Blogilates meal plan.